Oh Phil...

Throughout Prince Philip's long and illustrious career as a meeter, greeter and hand-shaker extraordinaire he has managed to garner himself a reputation as a prime gaffe-maker. Put him in front of anyone and he'll manage to offend within seconds. It really is a precious talent.

The Daily Mail has rounded up a collection of Phil's best 'foot in mouth' moments:

  • ‘I would like to go to Russia very much — although the bastards murdered half my family.’ In 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.
  • ‘Damn fool question!’ To a BBC journalist at a banquet at the Elysée Palace in Paris after she asked the Queen if she was enjoying her stay.
  • ‘It’s a vast waste of space.’ To guests at the opening reception of a new £18 million British Embassy in Berlin in 2000.
  • People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.’
  • ‘If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort, provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.’ To the Aircraft Research Association in 2002.
  • ‘All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury.’ Lamenting the rate of British tax in 1963.
  • ‘We go into the red next year. I shall probably have to give up polo.’ On the Royal Family’s finances in 1969.

Surely only Prince Andrew matches Phil for offensive/hilarious gaffe-making...

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